View of Botany Bay. Copper engraving.
[London]: Published by G. Robinson & Co., (1790). First printing. Print. Published in the Ladies Magazine, this early engraving of Sydney features three ships of the First Fleet in Botany Bay (one in the far distance) with two aboriginals in a canoe in the foreground, one fishing and two other canoes to the right. It varies from a similar drawn by Clevely for the "View of Botany Bay" include in Phillip's "The Voyage of Governor Phillip to Botany Bay with an Account of the Establishment of the Colonies of Port Jackson & Norfolk Island..." published in 1789. The Phillip image has the ships in a very different configuration and a single aboriginal in a canoe in the foreground. Both images show the shore behind with some agricultural developement. The 1790 date is stated by the "dictionaryofSydney" website.
6 3/4 x 4 3/4" tipped on paper 8 3/4 x 11 1/4", laid paper, Libraries Australia ID 8417226, in the Dixson Collection at the SLNSW. Faint thin line of glue residue in upper margin from placemnt on an album page.
A scarce pre-1800 print of Botany Bay. Very good overall. Item #27278